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‘UK at the Half’: Classes set to begin at James B. Beam Institute for Kentucky Spirits

Dignitaries cut the ribbon for the James B Beam Institute for Kentucky Spirts dedication in The UK Martin-Gatton College of Agriculture.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 4, 2024) — As the spring semester begins, classes will be held for the first time in the new home of the James B. Beam Institute for Kentucky Spirits.

The facility, which opened in August 2023, is part of UK’s Martin-Gatton College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.

The institute has served as the industry’s research and development vehicle, pursuing its mission to ensure the welfare and prosperity of Kentucky’s spirits industry. Since 2019, the institute has utilized teaching, research and outreach to promote economic sustainability, environmental stewardship and responsible consumption.

An important aspect of these outreach efforts is the Beam Institute Industry Conference, held March 11-13. The fifth annual event will bring together 800 distilling industry professionals, researchers and suppliers to share best practices and industry developments. There will be over 80 talks, posters and presentations focusing on everything from distillation science and chemistry to supply chain and HR issues, among many others. 

To learn more or register, click here.

For this "UK at the Half,” Seth DeBolt, institute director and UK Martin-Gatton College of Agriculture, Food and Environment professor, shares more details about the unique opportunities the new space will provide not just for students, but the entire state. 

“UK at the Half” airs during halftime of each UK football and basketball game broadcast on the radio and is hosted by UK Public Relations and Marketing. To hear the “UK at the Half” interview, click the play button above.

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